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The beautiful view and pretty invitation to J.Crew‘s breakfast presentation (yes, they’re coming to Paris in March!), looking out from the Printemp‘s terrace and lusting over delicious treats at Café Pouchkine. Blue skies seems like a very distant memory, the most beautiful roses, a rare selfie while getting ready for my birthday celebrations and sunny autumn walks. I wish I had a fire place at home and could decorate it as pretty as they did at J.Crew, Parisian cafés, breakfast at Ladurée and looking for tasty chocolate treats at Les Marquis de Ladurée. More on Instagram!

All White

Nicole Warne, photo by Carin Olsson

I don’t know if you’ve noticed yet but I certainly have a minor major obsession with sandstone and marble. Or any stone similar to what you see above actually (I’m not really an expert when it comes to stone names). In my mind you can make almost any sort of photo shoot work as long as you manage to find a wall, area or building with this light, whitish stone. But perhaps that doesn’t come as such a big surprise when I have a thing for white and light stuff? Anyhow, another thing I’m currently obsessed with is Nicole‘s pretty black bag. Ever since I saw it for the first time in New York last year it’s been on my mind… Isn’t it the cutest?

For more photos and all outfit details, please visit Nicole’s blog.

Autumn Strolls

Jardin des Plantes by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin des Plantes by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin des Plantes by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Jardin des Plantes by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

I love spending as much time as possible in the Parisian parks during autumn. It’s so beautiful seeing the colours go from greens and yellows to dark reds and orange. Jardin des Plantes is one of my favourite ones and they always plant the prettiest Dahlias during this time of the year.

On Instagram

On Instagram by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Evening walks in black and white with new friends, colder days in Jardin des Tuileries, admiring the pretty view from Plaza Athénée and a sky painted in the most gorgeous colours on the last warm day this autumn. Vespa rides around Paris on this pretty red Vespa (thanks again my darling Annie), a few of my favourite items: trench, bag and ballet flats, beautiful architecture at Place des Vosges and autumn colours in the parks around Paris. Sweet memories at Carette with Jenny, grey weather and bare trees, getting caught photographing Jardin des Plantes and pretty Parisian rooftops I never can get enough of.

Weekend Reading

Weekend breakfast

Besides staying home sick for most of the week, dealing with some major email issues and going to my first ever wedding ever yesterday I also managed to attend the presentation for J.Crew a couple of days ago. Yes, they’re finally coming to Paris and will open up their first store ever in The City of Light in March next year! I’ll have to find some sort of lock to put on my wallet until then I guess…

•   My two latest articles for Condé Nast Traveler are finally live, one about the best day trips to take outside of Paris and the other about where to find the best view of the Eiffel Tower in the city. I hope you’ll enjoy!
•   During busier times it’s hard to keep up with the blog sometimes but if you want to see more you can always check out Instagram.
•   According to Vogue‘s list of places in France every woman must visit I really need to up my travel game in this country…
•   I’m pretty sure my autumn/winter wardrobe is in need of a massive update and I’ve been spending way too much time “online window shopping” now that I’ve been stranded at home for the last few days. This adorable Sézane shirt is still on my mind as well as this super cosy Gerard Darel scarf (two excellent French brands by the way).

Birthday Breakfast

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Birthday breakfast at Ladurée by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

Starting the morning of my birthday with French toast at Ladurée has apparently become somewhat of a tradition by now and I have to admit that it might be one of my favourite ones that I’ve made for myself over here in Paris so far. If there’s any day during the year you’re allowed to start your morning with these luscious French toasts, made from French brioche, it’s on your birthday (I’m saying this as though I never have them otherwise, which is a complete lie, just so you know).

During the last couple of days I’ve been kept buys with birthday celebrations (thanks again to everyone who made my day so very special), doggie walks in the forest, hot chocolate dates and celebrating dear friends who’s gotten engaged. It’s quite hard to start up your laptop and get back to proper work after a weekend like this one but fortunately Friday, and my first ever wedding, is just around the corner!

Turning 23

Peonies in the rain

Yesterday was officially my last day as a 22-year-old and today I’m becoming another year older. I wish I could say that I didn’t mind this raging process, but I do. Just a little bit though. It’s not really about getting older, it’s more about wanting to do so many things and feeling as though time is going by way too fast. The last year has been one of the best ones in my life so far, if not the best and I can’t wait to see what my 23rd year has in store for me. I can only hope it will be as happy, fulfilling and exciting as this one.

Moments for Me

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

My days have definitely gotten a bit more hectic if I compare them to what was happening a year or two ago. Before I could spend a couple of hours each week walking around the city to explore, enjoy and take photos (I know, what a luxury, right?). Now, I’m happy if I can make time for that once every other month or so. I’m not complaining, it’s a thrill to have more work lined up and new exciting projects to take on but it also means that my creative outlet, which has been this website, has to take a bit of a backseat at times. I wish I could shoot for myself and post new photos from my life in this city every single day but unfortunately that’s just not realistic when trying to juggle five different roles within my job at the same time.

But it also means that when I do get a few minutes alone with my camera, taking photos for just myself and no one else, I really appreciate it. Sometimes it even feels a bit odd taking photos just for the sake of taking photos and not thinking about a list of requirements or what a specific client is looking for (which is something I truly enjoy doing in its own way as well, of course). During hectic or stressful times I think moments like these are crucial for me to feel good and not stress out too much. They also always remind me of that I can never start taking this city’s beauty for granted. It’s just so darn pretty!

Miss Julia

Julia Engel, photo by Carin Olsson

It’s always a pleasure connecting with people you’ve been in contact with for a long time when they’re coming through Paris for work or holidays – fortunately Paris is a popular destination so it usually happens more than you would think. I’ve been following Julia for what seems like forever but we’ve only managed to bump in to each other once at a party during New York Fashion Week until recently. When Julia was in Paris a couple of weeks ago we finally got to organise something proper and meet up during a sunny afternoon to shoot together. It’s always fun taking people who share your love for pretty things and cute little spots around the city you love so much. Hopefully it won’t be too long until our paths cross again!

For more photos and outfit details, please visit Julia’s blog.

Weekend Reading

Parisian café by Carin Olsson (Paris in Four Months)

The autumn has been absolutely amazing in Paris so far and we’ve actually managed to get a lot of sun (even though the skies seem to stay grey – don’t ask me how that works) but I already miss mornings like this one above when we were able to sit outside in nothing but shirts while enjoying our breakfast. I just had to share these two outtakes from my shoot with Monica Vinader a while back.

•   The New York Times wondered what a couple of second graders would think about dining at a Michelin starred restaurant with a seven course tasting menu and decided to test it out – don’t miss the video of their experience here.
•   I couldn’t help but laugh out loud (and agree) with Zanita‘s funny and witty post about how to make your blog super popular.
•   Get me these strawberry cheesecake jars now, please! I can never visit Linda‘s site without getting hungry…
•   Come pin with me!